Glendurgan Gardens, National Trust, Cornwall

glendurgan garden maze in cornwall

Glendurgan Gardens, Helford River, Cornwall, England.

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog. Todays post is all about Glendurgan which is an exotic valley garden owned by the National Trust. I have done a blog post on Trebah gardens which is the neighbouring garden to Glendurgan, I will link it here.


The Fox family created Glendurgan in the 1820’s and 1830’s. The cherry laurel maze, pictured above is one of the most notable aspects of the garden. There are 3 valleys to Glendurgan all which lead down to the hamlet of Durgan which has a sheltered beach on the Helford River.

Flora you can find

The lower valley of the garden is very jungle-like, this is where you can find the big leaves of giant rhubarb plants and exotic flowers such as spiky arid plants. The garden is particularly popular in spring with its beautiful bloom of magnolias and camellias, wildflowers carpet the valleys slopes also at this time of year. 


The gardens have the National Trust entrance building, toilets, shop and tea-house. They also sell ice cream at Durgan village on most days. The car park is £4 for the day or £2 for 2 hours however, if you are a

macr shot of pink flower at glendurgan gardens in cornwall
fern trees at gelndurgan gardens in cornwall
pond at glendurgan gardens in cornwall

National trust member of course it is free!


While visiting the gardens why not take a walk on the coastal path along the Helford river all the way to the Helford Passage for a bite to eat and drink. On your journey you will be greeted by some wonderful wildlife and a variety of marine activity.

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I hope you enjoyed this post on Glendurgan gardens like mentioned why don’t out check out the neighbouring garden of Trebah or the town of Falmouth which is nearby.

Lots of love, Melissa x

melissa carne blowing a dandelion at glendurgan gardens in cornwall

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